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How to Get InterIsland Flights in Hawaii for 6,000 Miles Round Trip [NOW GONE]

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Unfortunately, this is now gone. Your best bet for interisland flights is to use 10,000 miles roundtrip on Hawaiian via US Airways, United, Continental or Delta).

The days of the $38 interisland flights in Hawaii are long over ($150 is more like it now), so travelers planning trips in Hawaii may be once again thinking of using miles for flights between islands.

Most airlines charge 10,000 miles round trip for flights (though oddly, United charges 10,000 miles for a roundtrip ticket on Hawaiian Airlines, but Hawaiian charges 15,000 miles for the same flight).

However, Virgin Atlantic only charges 6,000 Flying Club miles for a roundtrip ticket on Hawaiian Airlines (9,000 in first class). I’ll assume for a moment that you don’t have any Flying Club miles. No worries: You have Starwood points? (You should, since you should be carrying the SPG Amex as your daily card because of its impressive array of transfer partners) You can transfer those Starwood points into Virgin Altantic Flying Club at a 1:1 ratio plus, of course, the 5,000 mile bonus for transferring 20,000 miles. Huge savings? No. But for a family of 4, you can get 4 tickets for the price of 2. Not too shabby.

Or (and thanks to IAH-PHX for pointing this out in the comments), you can use your Membership Rewards points to transfer into the Virgin Atlantic program.

(UPDATE: Even better news. Virgin Atlantic does not charge a fuel surcharge on Hawaiian. Inter-island tickets only require taxes of about $5.)

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18 Comments.

  1. Wow — this is a great obscure find! Thanks. But SPG points are too valuable to me — including for redemption at Hawaiian hotels at their Cash & Points rates. Also, realistically, an SPG point is worth twice as much as an airline mile.

    But you can also use AMEX Membership Rewards points at a 1 to 1 ratio, and lots of us (including me) have MR balances thanks to the recent credit card promos. No crazy fees for this redemption, right?

    And does anyone know if Virgin does one-way awards for half-price? I’m now in the habit of flying into one island and out another and only needing one flight segment, not a roundtrip (I do this partially to save on intra-island airfares). I can buy a one-way award ticket through UA for Hawaiian for 5000 miles.

    I’d also note that, despite the nose-bleed fares, Hawaiian is being very stingy on releasing award seats. Often times, the award seats are only available at the least desirable flight times: like 6:30 am!

  2. Only 6000 Virgin miles for interisland HA award - FlyerTalk Forums - pingback on November 7, 2011 at 10:53 pm
  3. This is great to know! Thanks!!

  4. Great find — I posted your research on flyertalk for “the masses.”

    http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hawaii/1277503-only-6000-virgin-miles-interisland-ha-award.html

    Now my only remaining question is whether your 2 Hawaiian flights have to actually be roundtrips. Could you simply use the miles for 2 Hawaiian flights: like HNL-OGG and OGG-KOA? This would be of great value to island-hopping tourists.

  5. Thanks. This is definitely the no-brainer solution for inter-island Hawaiian travel. Assuming you don’t already have the miles, get free AMEX card with big Membership Rewards bonus (you have a new offer right above this thread). Redeem Virgin miles for Hawaiian flights.

    The savings are ridiculous because a typical HA interisland flight now costs about $80 each way. So a family of 4 can save more than $600 on roundtrip flights with minimal effort (1 credit card app).

  6. That’s the information I am looking for :mrgreen: .
    Thank you Jared for sharing with us.

  7. Virgin Atlantic Credit Card | Million Mile Secrets - pingback on November 10, 2011 at 4:02 am
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  9. Virgin Atlantic only charges 6,000 Flying Club miles for a roundtrip ticket on Hawaiian Airlines (9,000 in first class). I’ll assume for a moment that you don’t have any Flying Club miles. No worries: You have Starwood points? http://travelguideshops.com/

  10. Did you try to book this recently? Threads on FT all say it’s 15k now…

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